Workplace benefits of mindfulness

Mindfulness: a weapon for the workplace, and beyond

I’ve been practising mindfulness, or meditation, for several years now. It started through an NHS course that I undertook while struggling with mental illness, and from these foundations, my practice has grown over the years, trialling different methods, classes and apps.

I’ve ebbed and flowed with my practice, but after a near relapse with my mental health three years ago, I’ve staying on a steady path with my daily meditating.

And I’ve done this simply because it works for me. I didn’t relapse back in 2018, and I ultimately owe this to throwing myself fully back into mindfulness. It was honestly my last resort. But it worked. In terms of how meditation can help within the workplace, the benefits are many-fold. So I’ll dive straight into this topic.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of sitting quietly and paying moment-by-moment attention to your breath, as well as any thoughts in your mind, body sensations and the environment in general. It’s the practice of bringing your attention back to the breath each time the mind wanders. Which of course it will. And still does by the way.

Mindfulness also has a focus on compassion and non-judgement, which is what especially drew me to start practising in the first place

You can use different techniques like visualisation, which can be immensely powerful, alongside counting the breath, a body scan, amongst a whole array of other techniques. There are plenty of apps out there and these include Headspace and Insight Timer – both of which offer free versions – and are great in getting started.

What are the benefits?

Mindfulness helps improve physical and mental health and overall wellbeing. Its benefits are well documented and there have been many studies in recent years, to the point where the NHS regularly run free sessions for the public, if needed. By focusing on the present moment, you’re more engaged in what you’re doing and are therefore less likely to ru